It’s no secret that I like to have a drink.
Or 5. But I deserve it this week!
While overindulging isn’t the healthiest thing for your body, let’s be honest… it happens to the best of us. I’ve personally done some research – all for YOU, of course – and have found 10 Hangover Cures that REALLY work.
Water during drinking (1:1 ratio!). Water before drinking. Water after drinking. Just do it.
Hangovers are a product of dehydration and toxins. Water will help you rehydrate and flush out toxins.
Ever hear of “hair of the dog”? Drinking away a hangover is a thing, but it will only lead to a hangover when you come down from round two. That’s where kombucha comes in.
Kombucha has a small amount of alcohol in it, thus taking a bit of the edge off. It also contains sugar, which can help with the hypoglycemic state all that booze put you in.
Kombucha does get expensive. I used this kit to brew my own. I’ve had my scoby for 4 years!
No kombucha? Try juice or fruit to help replenish your body of sugar (my mom swears by orange juice).
Vegas thinks I’m nuts, but if you can pry yourself get out of bed and go for a run or jump on an elliptical you will feel SO much better. It helps you to sweat out toxins and releases endorphins (alcohol is a depressant!). Just make sure you have a giant glass of water before and after. Remember, you’re dehydrated!
I actually used to have a rule that I had to run a mile for every drink I’d had. I’ll let you guess at what mile I called it quits on that policy…
4. Morning Cocktail
I swear by my morning cocktail. I have it every morning no matter what, but it’s especially good after a night of over-indulging. Even Vegas swears by it.
Two reasons: the apple cider vinegar helps to detoxify you (*ahem* it gets things “moving”) and regulates blood sugar, and the BCAAs give you nutrients and energy. I swear it’s better than coffee. Plus, coffee is dehydrating. You’re already dehydrated.
I’m not talking about that wussy 250mg stuff you let dissolve under the tongue. Go get some of that liquid Ultra B-12 and take 2 droppers full, before and after drinking.
B-12 is like the miracle vitamin for drinkers. Here’s why:
- It plays a vital role in converting carbohydrates to glucose (sugar), which is the main energy source for a healthy metabolism and overall healthy functions of the body.
- Alcohol can deplete your red blood cell count, which is what makes you lightheaded and tired. B-12 helps the liver metabolize alcohol more effectively by getting your red blood cell count back up to a healthy level.
- It helps your brain and nervous system function. I don’t think I need to tell you that those are are pretty important.
You know how you have NO energy after a night of drinking? Taking B12 vitamins can also relieve that symptom, along with eating foods rich in carbohydrates. Which brings me to…
Skip the greasy food, but do have some carbs. It helps bring your blood sugar levels up. Your poor, sweet liver is busy metabolizing all that booze and can’t handle the extra work producing glucose. This means your blood sugar levels stay down, and you feel like shit.
Listen to your mother. Eat some toast.
I know your head hurts. Take some drugs. Just do NOT pop anything with acetaminophen. It can cause liver problems when it mixes with alcohol. Opt for ibuprofen. And don’t forget the toast.
Nauseous? Have some ginger tea. It settles the stomach and hydrates you. Green tea is also a good choice. It’s a detoxifier… remember how much we love our liver?
As much as it pains me to say this (see my asparagus woes), asparagus does actually help your hangover. A study published in the Journal of Food Science found the amino acids in asparagus helps your cells break down alcohol faster.
Make sure to hold your nose if you pee afterwards. That smell won’t help your nausea.
Endorphins, sweat… and a nice lazy sleep after the deed.
Ok, ok… I don’t have anything smart to back this up. If it feels good, do it.
I’ll never forget the time my mom had to pick me up on NYE and sneak my drunk ass past my dad. She gave me toast and OJ the next day. She is a saint.
What’s your best hangover cure?
When was your first hangover? Be honest…